October 24, 2017

The Quad [Oct. 25]: Four things to know from Worcester State, Quinsig, Holy Cross and Assumption

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WSU to screen of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

Worcester State University will host a screening of “In Inconvenient Sequel” at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Eager Auditorium.

The screening will follow a webcast Q&A with former Vice President Al Gore.

It is free and open to the public.

QCC to educate companies on available funds for employee training

Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education will host a free information session designed to help businesses learn about and capitalize on the state’s Workforce Training Fund Program.

The funding is intended to aid Mass. employers in upgrading their workers’ skills and increasing productivity. The informational event will take place 8:30-10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at 25 Federal St.

“This information session is a tremendous resource for company employers. They can ask questions and become informed of what’s available to them,” QCC Business Development Specialist Christine McNally said. “This just may be the best hour and a half investment an employer can make.”

The training program provides opportunities to address business productivity by offering resources to Massachusetts businesses to fund training for current, as well as newly hired employees. Grants ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 are awarded competitively to Massachusetts employers. QCC’s information session will discuss each program option, its requirements, available funding, and how to apply.

Silkroad Ensemble to engage in 3-year residency at HC

The College of the Holy Cross has partnered with Silkroad to engage in a three-year residency on campus, which kicked off with a visit earlier this fall.

Founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and home to the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble, Silkroad creates music that engages difference, sparking radical cultural collaboration and passion-driven learning to build a more hopeful world.

In addition to being sponsored by Arts Transcending Borders, this was the ensemble’s campus debut, though several artists of the collective are no strangers to Holy Cross. In fall 2014 Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato was the first artist-in-residence, where she worked with faculty and students, and performed her piece “My Lethe Story” about her mother’s memory loss with Silkroad Ensemble member and percussionist Shane Shanahan; and ensemble members Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad shared their multimedia project titled “Home Within,” and held workshops with arts students on campus and with students of the Burncoat High School’s Arts Magnet Program.

“We have been fortunate to host a number of the Silkroad musicians at Holy Cross during the past four years, and those previous experiences made our organic connection palpably clear as we discovered additional shared values such as humility, passion for learning, interest in sharing, and generosity of spirit,” says Lynn Kremer, director of Arts Transcending Borders and professor of theater.

The ensemble’s first visit included a session called “Music Along the Silk Road,” which showcased their rich tapestry of musical traditions and collaborative approach to creating music; short pop-up performances in prominent locations on campus; and a meet-and-greet with the College community. They also hosted a new commission workshop on “Falling Out of Time,” a new song cycle by Loyola Professor of Music at Holy Cross and renowned composer Osvaldo Golijov.

“The pairing of Silkroad and Holy Cross may at first glance appear unusual, but what makes this residency special is what we have in common,” Kremer said. “The missions of our organizations have a great deal of overlap: interests in inclusivity and discernment. We are also eager to learn how to apply Silkroad’s experiences on reservations, in schools, in nonprofit organizations, and refugee camps to our outreach work in the Worcester community.”

The residency is sponsored by the College’s Arts Transcending Borders initiative.

Assumption top third nationally in WSJ ranking

Assumption College has been recognized in the top third of colleges and universities in the nation – and near the top half of colleges in the Northeast region – by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings for 2018. This recognition is the result of a unique system that ranks those institutions of higher learning that emphasize student success and learning.

“The Assumption College mission calls upon the institution to educate the whole person by offering a curriculum grounded in the liberal arts and inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition,” said Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., president of Assumption College. “This recognition by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education demonstrates the unique value of an Assumption education and our commitment to provide an education that is more than the accumulation of facts and data. At Assumption, the hearts and minds of our students are transformed as they prepare to make meaningful contributions to society.”

According to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, when ranking colleges and universities, it utilizes 15 performance indicators in four key areas (resources, engagement, outcomes and environment) that students consider when choosing a college. This year, 20 percent of the WSJ/THE College Ranking was based on results of the first annual THE U.S. Student Survey, which, according to THE, used 12 core questions to “capture the voices of 100,000 current U.S. students across all ranked colleges.”

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